Joseph Leo Koerner is Victor S. Thomas Professor of the History of Art and Architecture and Senior Fellow of the Society of Fellows at Harvard. His most recent book is Bosch and Bruegel: From Enemy Painting to Everyday Life. (February 2019)

IN THE REVIEW

First Among Equals

Johannes Vermeer: The Lacemaker, 9 5/8 x 8 1/4 inches, circa 1669–1670

Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry

an exhibition at the Louvre, Paris, February 20–May 22, 2017; the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, June 17–September 17, 2017; and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., October 22, 2017–January 21, 2018
On a May morning in 1921 Marcel Proust ventured from his bed, where he spent most of his time, to see an exhibition of Dutch painters at the Jeu de Paume. Organized to demonstrate the modern sensibilities of certain old masters, it had been lavishly praised, including by his friend …

Glories of Classicism

Diego Velázquez: The Rokeby Venus, circa 1648–1651

The Classical Tradition

edited by Anthony Grafton, Glenn W. Most, and Salvatore Settis
Over a thousand pages in length, with some five hundred articles surveying the survival, transmission, and reception of the cultures of Greek and Roman antiquity, The Classical Tradition is a low-cost Wunderkammer, a vast cabinet of curiosities.